Related Links

Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster



Site News

What's New for
September 2014?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter

Affiliates

In association with
Amazon
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

ArkivMusic
CD Universe

HBDirect

JPC

ArkivMusic

Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

CD Review

The Feast of St. Michael and all Angels at Westminster Abbey

Hyperion 67643
Robert Quinney, organ
The Choir of Westminster Abbey/James O'Donnell
Hyperion CDA67643 73m DDD
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon JapanOrder Now from ArkivMusic.comFind it at CD Universe

Of all the great angel saints worshipped by Christendom, St. Michael is without doubt one of the most popular and venerated. The reason is simple as according to the Book of Revelations, St. Michael defended God's righteousness against Lucifer's rebellion and drove the latter out of Heaven.

He has, from time immemorial, become associated as the main protector from Satan's snares and his feast, which falls on the 29th September, is celebrated with great pomp and devotion. This superb disc contains music one might hear if a visit to Westminster Abbey is made on the day in question. The programme's wide spectrum reflects the structure of the three major choral services dedicated to St. Michael's Feast Day which are based on the traditional worship familiar in the monastic era: Matins (Morning Prayer), Eucharist (or Mass) and Evensong (Evening Prayer).

Of the ten composers featured, only one, Richard Dering hails from the 17th century. The remaining nine are the product of the 19th and 20th centuries, and one finds such eminent names as Stanford, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Tippett, Langlais and even Herbert Howells.

O'Donnell and his choristers perform with precision and eloquence, and the polyphonic aspect of the music comes to the fore with unmistakable clarity. Notes, sound and presentation are first rate.

Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech

Trumpet